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Extended CFP on this year’s ANZSA conference

CFP deadline 1 September, conference November 17-19.

“Shakespeare at the Edges”

The Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association holds a conference every two years. In 2016 this is taking place at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Those who are still deciding whether to make the trip over the pond in November now have an extra few weeks to submit a proposal for a presentation.

The final call for papers for ANZSA2016: Shakespeare at the Edges will now be Thursday September 1. Abstracts submitted before the final date will be considered and the proposers notified progressively.

Film still exterior of Bag End in Lord of the Rings.
Fie upon this quiet life: I want work.

From the website:

“The Conference will feature plenary and panel sessions, live performance and film screenings. Conference highlights include keynote addresses by Douglas Bruster (Shakespeare and the Question of Culture, 2003, and Shakespeare and the Power of Performance, 2008 with Robert Weimann); Lisa Hopkins (Shakespeare on the Edge, 2005, and Renaissance Drama on the Edge, 2014); a special performance for delegates of Regan Taylor’s commedia-inspired Maori adaptation: Solothello; delegates will be able to attend Carving in Ice’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in the playhouse on the University Campus. Seats will be reserved for Friday November 18. The Conference dinner wil be at the Green Dragon Pub, Hobbiton, 45 minutes drive from the University of Waikato.”

You have to credit the allure of an academic conference that holds its official dinner in Hobbiton.

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Full details of the conference here.

Shakespeare on Film

14-26 July, Melbourne

Presented by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Association with University of Melbourne

Shakespeare on Film

This is a full-to-the-brim season including a whole slew of new films and glorious classics. Be sure to check their full programme.

“In association with the University of Melbourne ACMI presents an international touring program from the British Film Institute (BFI) and the British Council that explores the deep affinity between cinema and The Bard. With so much high drama, history and romance, it’s little wonder that William Shakespeare is credited with more film adaptations that any other writer. Special presentations include Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Cinema with a new score by the Globe musicians, and a digital restoration of Richard III with an exclusive on-stage discussion between Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine recorded at BFI Southbank.”

Tickets $17/$13/$10, plus 3-session and 6-session passes.

Full details here.

Professional Learning Day: Interpreting Shakespeare

28 July, Melbourne.

From La Trobe University and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Interpreting Shakespeare is a professional learning day which marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Thursday 28 July 2016, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Bring Shakespeare back to life in your classroom.

In conjunction with La Trobe University, ACMI invites teachers to bring Shakespeare back to life in their classrooms by spending a professional learning day Interpreting Shakespeare.

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, this one-day professional learning program offers teachers stimulating and thought-provoking approaches to reading and teaching Shakespeare texts. Focusing on moving image and theatrical interpretations of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, this all-day program offers a range of perspectives to re-enliven this educational rite of passage.

“If Shakespeare were alive and writing today, would he be a screenwriter? Would he be adapting Game of Thrones?” said ACMI Education Programmer Susan Bye. “Together with La Trobe University, ACMI has developed a range of exciting approaches to show how each time one of Shakespeare’s plays is adapted for the screen or performed on stage, he is reborn. This learning day will equip teachers with techniques that will not only ensure Shakespeare remains relevant to today’s students, but vital. Long live the bard!”

Presenters include members of the English, Drama and Cinema programs at La Trobe, ACMI’s team of expert educators and special guest, Dr David McInnis, Gerry Higgins lecturer in Shakespeare Studies, University of Melbourne.

Registration: Teacher $110, Student Teacher $70, includes morning tea, lunch and resource pack.

Click here for more information and to download the program. 


Symposium announcement and CFP

15 November, Melbourne.

Beyond 400: New Shakespeares
A Symposium

Logo: large pink 400 with Shakespeare Melbourne superimposed.

After a year-long celebration of the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death, it’s time to move from reflection to future directions. What will Shakespearean text and performance look like, beyond the 400 year anniversary? This symposium will draw on the expertise of its four keynote speakers to focus on questions of editing and performance.

There is no registration fee, and auditors are extremely welcome. Please register your intention to attend here.

Four varied and exciting Keynote Speakers are scheduled, but there is room for interest in further papers.

“Defining Shakespeare”
Prof. John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute)

“Defining the BBC 2012 & 2016 Shakespeare Seasons in Festival Terms”
Dr Sarah Olive (York University)

“Canon, Chronology and Collaboration in Shakespeare’s Early Career”
Dr Will Sharpe (Shakespeare Institute)

“Shakespeare and the Digital Sphere: Performance and the Public in the RSC/Google+’s Midsummer Night’s Dreaming
Dr Erin Sullivan (Shakespeare Institute)

If you would like to present a paper, proposals for short, 10 minute papers are now invited. Please send your name, a 100 word bio, and a 200 word (max) abstract to Miriam Webster ( by Monday 01 August 2016.

Full details here, including information about the speakers and their presentations.

N.B. This symposium has been scheduled such that ANZSA (Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association) delegates heading to Hamilton can come to Melbourne first, spend the following day (16 Nov) in transit, and arrive comfortably for the start of the ANZSA conference at the University of Waikato.

Taymor’s Dream screening in Melbourne

27 July, Melbourne.

Julie Taymor is acknowledged as one of the most thrilling directors of Shakespeare in the world today. Her New York production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a masterpiece of word, music and image building into something beyond an ordinary piece of theatre.

Man in donkey head costume and small child in white makeup.
A still from the production

Supported by the University of Melbourne’s Shakespeare 400 initiative, and by the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Australian audiences will finally have the chance to immerse themselves in Taymor’s exquisite multi-media, hallucinatory stage world. “Taymor’s Dream was released on film at the Toronto International Film Festival in late 2014 and has had limited release primarily in the UK and North America. This screening for the University of Melbourne community is the Australian premiere.”

Hopefully this will be an inspiration to other cities.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Federation Hall – 7-17 Grant Street #5, Southbank, VIC 3006

Tickets are free, but you can book ahead: Full details here.

Call for actors: Margaret of Anjou in Sydney

A rehearsed reading of Shakespeare’s ‘new’ play Margaret of Anjou will be performed for two nights: at the Io Myers theatre at the University of NSW on Friday 8 July and at the Theatre of the University of Notre Dame on Thursday 18 August.

Actors of all kinds are invited to take part. The play has a large cast,  lots of terrific juicy roles, and we will be cross-casting women playing men a great deal.

Long sword.

Previously seen in Perth and Ballarat, but not yet performed in Sydney, this play combines elements from the 3 parts of Henry VI and Richard III, to centre the figure of the extraordinary Queen who lives through more than any other character in Shakespeare.

The piece goes for a little over an hour. I estimate 4 rehearsals, but that may be adjusted according to everybody’s feeling about their availability and the needs of the piece. This is not a paying gig, so I will be respectful of people’s time commitments.

Directed by Anna Kamaralli, edited by Liz Schafer, dramaturged by Philippa Kelly, and written by William Shakespeare!

Details for auditions, or just to come in and have a chat about being involved:

  • Location – Notre Dame Theatre, Broadway Campus, Chippendale
  • Times available – Thursdays 5 & 12 May, 4.30 – 7.30pm, other times by arrangement
  • Bring – a monologue in verse or a sonnet
  • Please write to Anna at to hear more, or to arrange a time.
Logo with P in shape of a box.
Supported by The Puzzle Theatre Company

Pilgrimage – a concert

14 & 15 May, Blackheath.

For two performances, Gerald Finzi’s song cycle setting ballads from Shakespeare’s plays will be incorporated with other lyrical vocal works from the past century.

“In three of the most beautiful song cycles of the early 20th century, Pilgrimage will take you from the wild isolation of medieval Irish monks, through the red beating heart of Spain and, on the 400th anniversary of his death, through the varied minds of Shakespeare, with a moment to stop and gaze at the moon in Debussy’s Clair de Lune.”


  • Barber’s Hermit Songs
  • De Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares
  • Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring

Sung by Susannah Lawergren (Soprano), Hannah Fraser (Mezzo-Soprano) and Andrew O’Connor (Bass-Baritone) with pianist Ben Burton and Debussy’s Clair de Lune.

May 14th, 3pm at Blackheath Uniting Church

May 15th, 3pm at the Flute Tree, Leichhardt

Full details here.

Line drawing of faces. Text: Pilgrimage.

Varieties of Shakespeare open to all

27 April, Sydney.

Varieties of Shakespeare

Next Wednesday the EMLAC (Early Modern Literature and Culture) Research Group and the English Department of the University of Sydney will host an afternoon of presentations discussing all kinds of lively aspects of our favourite dead person.

“You may not have noticed, but Shakespeare died 400 years ago. To commemorate this unfortunate turn of events, the English department is holding a rapid- fire two-hour seminar that will showcase a range of approaches to the man and his work currently being undertaken by people working in and around the Department of English. Come along to hear about everything from Shakespeare in Australia to Shakespeare in Prison; from a history play that he managed to write from beyond the grave, to some of the significances attached to the year of his death: 1616.”

DATE: Wednesday, 27 April

TIME: 12-2pm

PLACE: Room S226, John Woolley Building, University of Sydney


  • Huw Griffiths: “1616 and All That”
  • Kathy French, “Happy Shakespeare”
  • Ursula Potter, “Shakespeare’s Daughters”
  • Kathryn Parker, “Shakespeare in Song”
  • Penny Gay: “Shakespeare in Australia”
  • Anna Kamaralli: “Margaret of Anjou: Shakespeare’s ‘new’ Play”
  • Liam Semler and Claire Hansen: “Shakeserendipity”

Line drawing of Shakespeare. Text: University of Sydney, Shakespeare 400

There will be some light refreshments. All Welcome.

For further information, please contact Huw Griffiths ( or Liam Semler ( Full details here.